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The Queen Is “Delighted” by News of Zara Tindall’s Third Pregnancy

Queen Anne’s daughter is expecting her third child, and husband Mike Tindall is eager for it to be a boy.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are “delighted” to be expecting another great-grandchild, following the news that Zara Tindall is pregnant. Palace aides said the monarch and Prince Philip are thrilled that their granddaughter Zara, Princess Anne’s daughter, and her husband Mike Tindall are expecting their third baby. In a break with tradition the announcement came directly from former England rugby captain Mike on his podcast The Good The Bad and The Rugby. Tindall happily told his co-hosts Alex Payne and James Haskell, "It's been a good week for me, had a little scan last week—third Tindall on its way.". With two daughters already, six-year-old Mia and two-year-old Lena, Tindall said he was hoping for a boy: "I'll love it whether a boy or a girl - but please be a boy."

Although it is not known how far into her pregnancy Zara is, 2021 will likely be a busy year for royal babies. Princess Eugenie announced in September that she is pregnant with her first child, and is due to give birth in the early spring.

Today’s announcement will be happy news for the royals, who are preparing for a quieter, more subdued Christmas. The Queen, who is close to Zara, is said to be particularly happy about the news after Zara and Mike suffered two miscarriages while trying for their second baby.

Zara has previously said the hardest part about her first miscarriage, which happened late into the pregnancy, was having to tell the world, because news of the pregnancy had been made public. In a rare interview she said: “In our case, it was something that was really rare; it was nature saying, ‘This one's not right,’” she said in a 2018 interview. The couple endured another miscarriage before going on to have baby Lena in 2018. The family lives a low key life close on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe estate, where they love to ride and walk in the Gloucestershire countryside.

Princess Anne told Vanity Fair earlier this year how one of the joys of being a grandmother was teaching her grandchildren to ride. Equestrian Zara continued riding during both of her pregnancies and even competed when she was expecting. Like her mother, Zara rides out most mornings.

Tindall revealed that they only told their two girls, who are desperate for another sibling, that they are expecting a third baby after their three month scan. ”Lena's growing up - she's two-and-a-half now - she wants something younger to play with and dress up!" he said on the podcast. While he wouldn’t give away the due date, Mike joked that they might call their baby Covi or Covina, in a nod to the pandemic.

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